Episode 95: Demetri Martin, Robber in Rio, and Kissing Machines

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This week: Comedian Demetri Martin fires up his brain machine… We go on the lam with the most punk-rock fugitive in history…. And Morgan Spurlock makes us cry. Plus, virtual kisses and a rockin’ lullaby from Modern Mothers.

Icebreaker: Morgan Spurlock
Documentarian Morgan Spurlock — whose latest film Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold is in theaters now — sells us a tearjerker joke.

Small Talk: Katrina Szish
Katrina Szish, lifestyle reporter and correspondent for The Early Show on CBS, explains the next leap forward in online dating: the virtual French kiss.

A History Lesson With Booze: Ronnie Biggs and the “Rob Me Ronnie”
This week back in 2001, notorious British heist-meister Ronnie Biggs returned to England for a pint of bitter… knowing full well he’d be arrested for his role in one of the most audacious robberies in UK history. Now here’s a drink to help YOU escape.

“Rob Me Ronnie,” as devised by Robert Krajewski, of Adventure Bar & Lounge in Ronnie’s hometown of London, England:

In a shaker over ice, combine:

  • 1.5 oz. Beefeater gin
  • 1/2 oz. Galliano vanilla liqueur
  • 1/4 oz. of simple syrup

Meanwhile, in a chilled martini glass, pour:

Shake contents of shaker and pour into martini glass over the ale. Drink with one hand, while holding up your other, palm in, index and middle fingers in a V facing England.

Guest of Honor: Demetri Martin
Demetri Martin made a name for himself with a witty standup act replete with onstage charts and graphs. The Youth Correspondent on “The Daily Show,” he also starred in Ang Lee’s film “Taking Woodstock” and landed his own Comedy Central show “Important Things with Demetri Martin.” His new, aptly-titled book This Is A Book collects short prose pieces, drawings… and a multi-page palindrome. Demetri chats with Rico about fortune cookies, ancient jokes, and his own brain.

One For The Road: “Allison” by Modern Mothers
Philly glam rockers Modern Mothers just e-released their album Transgressions, an album of 80s-inspired rock that’d do Bowie and The Boss proud. Evidence: “Allison,” best listened to blasting from a boombox held high over your head, outside the home of someone you love.

Plus: Top-Secret Surprise Bonus Audio

Music On This Week’s Show:

Sea & Cake – “The Argument”

Aphex Twin – “Boy/Girl Song”

Tipsy – “Liquordelic”

Esquivel – “Street of Dreams”

Sex Pistols feat. Ronnie Biggs – “No One is Innocent”

The Ventures – “Fugitive”

Kraftwerk – “Pocket Calculator”

Modern Mothers – “Allison”